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Janice Harrington's “Picture of the Poet and Horace H. Pippin Before the Perigee”

Last month, I had the great pleasure of attending an Evening of Jazz and Poetry, put on by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. The gathering was a celebration of the release of poet Janice Harrington’s latest collection, entitled Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin

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Shari Wagner's "These Rocks"

The writer and teacher Karen Gettert Shoemaker often talks about the physicality of writing, what she calls “writing from the body.” And we must do that when we imagine, in order to make our characters, scenes, places believable—we have to find ways to embody them on the page.

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Daniel Borzutsky's "Lake Michigan Merges Into the Bay of Valparaiso, Chile"

Poet Daniel Borzutzky, Chilean-American and Chicago citizen, won this year’s National Book Award for his collection The Performance of Becoming Human. One of the poems from this collection, “Lake Michigan Merges into the Bay of Valparaiso, Chile,” came as a response to revelations of abuses at a Chicago Police Department-run detention center called Homan Square. 

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